Ole Miss XC Ranked Top-25 in Men’s and Women’s Polls for First Time in School-History
Oct. 4, 2016

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OXFORD, Miss. –
For the first time in school history, both Ole Miss cross country teams are ranked in the USTFCCCA national polls at the same time. The men check in at No. 10, while the women make their rankings debut this week at No. 25.

The rankings come after an impressive start to the first half of the season, seeing the Rebel men finishing in the top three team spots at every meet this season with two team victories, and the women finishing in the top eight at every meet. Both teams finished first at the Rebel Invite on September 9, while the men secured a huge team victory at last week’s Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational. 

The men’s No. 10 ranking is the highest in program history in the coaches poll. Their previous best was No. 13 in 2015. They have been in the polls the entire season starting out at No. 22 in the preseason. The 12-spot jump is the second-largest jump by any team from the preseason to now, the only larger one being Portland who has jumped 16 spots from their preseason No. 23 ranking to their current ranking at No. 7.

The men, ranked No. 1 in the South Region, have been led this season by junior Sean Tobin, who was named USTFCCCA Division I Men’s National Athlete of the Week after his individual title at Notre Dame. Other major contributors to the win in South Bend were senior MJ Erb, senior Robert Domanic, senior Wesley Gallagher and junior Mark Robertson.

The women’s No. 25 ranking is the highest ranking in program history and only their second ranking ever with the first being in 2013 when they were No. 30. The women have been receiving votes for the poll all season, but their seventh-place finish at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational was enough to punch their way into the poll. They are also the top-ranked team in the South Region this week, their first ever No. 1 regional ranking.

The women have been led so far by senior Mary Alex England, junior Shelby Brown, junior Emily Bean, senior Bo Ummels, senior Britt Ummels and junior Hannah Christen.

“It’s great to be recognized in the polls, but we know the end result of the season is not based on a ranking,” said Rebel cross country coach Ryan Vanhoy.

Ole Miss is one of 16 schools whose men and women both rank in the top 25 this week, along with fellow Southeastern Conference opponent Arkansas and Syracuse, BYU, Oregon, Colorado, Portland, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Georgetown, Boise State, Virginia, Michigan, Michigan State, Washington and Providence.

The Rebels will be back in action on October 14 when they split into two squads and send one to State College, Pennsylvania, for the Penn State National and the other to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for the Crimson Classic. 

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